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18:05 Pre-Hispanic tombs and well-preserved textiles found in Machu Picchu, Peru
 
Lima, Aug. 15 (ANDINA). Skeletal remains of around fifteen people along with well-preserved textiles and ceramic relics were found in pre-Hispanic tombs located at Machu Picchu Archeological Park, in Cusco, Peru.
Machu Picchu. Photo: ANDINA / INC-Cusco.
Machu Picchu. Photo: ANDINA / INC-Cusco.

"This is a very important discovery, because humidity and the passage of time usually damages funerary bundles and clothes of long-buried people. It is unusual to find textiles in such good conditions", the Machu Picchu Archeological Park director Fernando Astete explained on Friday.

Astete said these remains were found a week ago by archeologist Francisco Huarcaya in a cave located at the 84th kilometer of the railway leading to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the new seven wonders of the world.

He detailed that textiles display an orange colour shade, but experts have not identified the material used in knitting.

Although excavation works have not yet been initiated, Astete mentioned that these remains will be exhumed in September to determine the exact number of people and wheter these relics belong to the Inca or another culture.

(FIN) PZA/JOT/RMB/EEP

Date: 15/08/2008
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